Seven staff members at UNC School of Law have been named 2009 Star Heel Award Recipients for their outstanding service to Carolina Law. The honorees include Erin Adair, Fredia Banks-Marsh, Patricia Hennessey, Dawn Lynn, Maria Mangano, Ashley Osment and Melissa Wood-Saltzman.
"They have been of immense help to our faculty, our students, other staffers, and our larger missions of scholarship, teaching, and public service over the past year," says Jack Boger, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. "They've done so with grace and good cheer, and we're deeply grateful to them."
The Star Heels Award Program is sponsored by TIAA-CREF and administered by the benefits services department in the Office of Human Resources. The number of awards allocated to each department is based proportionately on the number of employees within each unit, and each unit establishes its own mechanism for determining recipients.
Becky Williams, who was named director of human resources for UNC School of Law in January 2009, revived the school's participation in the program this year. "I've worked in human resources field for more than five years," says Williams, "and I get a great sense of accomplishment when I undertake projects that honor the good work our employees are doing."
When Williams revived the program at the law school, she developed a plan for how the school would determine recipients. Nominations were solicited from faculty and staff, and a small team of administrators reviewed the nominations and selected the recipients.
"We hope that our staff will continue nominated the people they work with who help make this place a great place to be," says Williams, who expects to see the law school's participation in the program grow in the coming years.
-June 17, 2009